In this Fantasy Premier League series FPL Junior (four top 13k finishes in last four seasons) shares his FPL tips by selecting a team each week to try and score as many points as possible. In essence, he will be “free hitting” every single Gameweek. Rather than selecting longer-term options, he’ll solely focus on players with the best form and fixtures for the upcoming Gameweek.
Gameweek 32+ is a slightly unusual Gameweek as we are selecting players who have to play an FA Cup game after the deadline has passed. This creates an added risk of rotation and injuries that mangers have very little control over. Norwich City, Manchester United, Sheffield United, Leicester City, Chelsea, Newcastle and Manchester City are all subject to playing twice and this also means less rest time in between games. I’ll be keeping this in the back of my mind when I’m choosing my XI.
Gameweek 32+ Team
Once again I’ve chosen a double up in defence. Wolves take two spots in the backline for the second week running. Since Boly has returned to their backline, Wolves have secured six clean sheets in seven games. Patricio is in net and Doherty is the first defender I picked. Aston Villa looked more threatening last week with seven shots inside the box against Newcastle after they had fired two blanks in DGW30. With that being said Wolves didn’t face a single shot on target and conceded just one shot inside the box. Therefore I fancy another shutout for Wolves.
It’s been three games since the return for Sheffield United and they have failed to score a single goal so far. They host Tottenham this Gameweek, so the right wingback Aurier is in. There’s always a risk with the Ivorian but I believe he’s got great potential to go big. He played extremely high down the right flank which makes him my favourite option from the Spurs backline.
Digne takes the final place in the back three against Leicester. Everton have a week off between games compared to Leicester’s three-day rest between games. Digne created three chances against Norwich and has set-piece duties to his name. Leicester haven’t got going since the restart and their main attacking threat, Vardy, has looked isolated in both games.
Manchester Utd’s midfield duo of Martial and Fernandes take their place in the XI. They are the first players who have an FA Cup tie at the weekend but I think both will start away to Brighton. I expect Ighalo to take the number nine spot on Saturday against Norwich, while Bruno is due a rest or will at least get limited minutes as Ole focuses on the top four. Martial is OOP and was clinical against Sheffield Utd with the most for shots inside the box and big chances (four and three respectively). Bruno seems a slight bit more goal shy but with set-pieces in his arsenal, I think the Frenchman and himself are the two to own the break Brighton down.
I’ve opted for a second Spur’s player in Son. The blades defence have some reinforcements this week Henderson and Egan returning to the XI but their small squad will be feeling jaded with the games coming thick and fast. Son will have a week off meaning he’s pretty much nailed on to start and he was a few millimetres off a double-figure haul last week.
If Chelsea didn’t have an FA Cup game on Sunday, Pulisic would be a no brainer this week. That being said he’s scored in both games since the return, once off the bench and once from starting and in my opinion is Chelsea’s best attacking option. West Ham will be up for the London derby so I can’t see them sitting in and settling for a point initially, so hopefully, the American can exploit the space.
Salah arguably has the toughest fixture in this weeks XI but Egyptian and his side look formidable going forward when they play full strength. Man City clearly showed against Chelsea their defensive liabilities and I can’t see why Klopp would heavily rotate just yet against them after winning the league. I’m just favouring him over Mane due to his tendency to shoot moor. However, that does harm his bonus potential, unlike Mane who tends to be more clinical and safer with his shots.
Jimenez or Mr Consistent is in the team for the third week running. Nuno’s main man has a plum fixture away to local rivals Aston Villa and the Mexican isn’t being hooked early, allowing him to punish teams in the second half. Wolves have a nice break after this game on Saturday which makes me think Nuno will keep rotation to a minimum as they push for the top four.
Aubameyang gets his spot as he faces bottom of the league Norwich. There’s a lot of mixed opinions about owning him, but for this week on its own, he’s got a very high ceiling. Norwich are extremely stretched at the back and look all but down. Both teams have an FA Cup tie which isn’t ideal for their league prospects but Aubameyang seems the least prone to rotation and has never come off the bench this season when he hasn’t started.
The bench consists of Martinez in goal who’s a great option for those who need to save some cash. Nketiah looks to be ahead of Lacazette in the pecking order and has a plum home game against Norwich. Dawson and Ward are two budget-priced defenders who have some good clean sheet potential this week. Dawson had three shots inside the box this week after his goal in the previous Gameweek.
Gameweek 32+ Captaincy
I was torn between my forward duo. Jimenez is the safe option with his constant flow of steady points. However, on a free hit, I’ve gone bold trying to hit the highest ceiling this week in Aubameyang. He’s been extremely unlucky to blank in his previous two fixtures and I think Arteta will prioritise the league to prevent embarrassment and the Gabonese inside forward is Arsenal’s, main man.
No Man City assets get a look in this week, they feel like too much of a lottery and are up against the leagues best defence.
Alonso and Van-Aanholt were close to getting a place this week. The former has Emerson close behind him and I don’t know who Frank Lampard will favour in the cup which will affect who starts against West Ham. PVA’s side were shocking against Liverpool but Burnley are a different kettle of fish. His attacking threat provides a high ceiling but I found this fixture hard to call. Speaking of this fixture, Pope just missed out after a much better performance against Watford.
Due to budget, Kane missed out for Son in the side. He had the three big chances against West Ham and looked extremely threatening in contrast to his performance against Man Utd.
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